On The Buses - Series 2 [DVD]
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The complete second series of the popular television comedy, following the antics of Stan (Reg Varney) and Jack (Bob Grant) who work on the number 11 bus route, while trying to avoid the attentions of long-suffering Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis). In this series, Stan and Jack plan a party while Stan's family are away, Blakey introduces judo lessons after some staff are assaulted on the routes, and Stan and Jack try and get a suntan before they go on holiday. Episodes are: 'Family Flu'; 'The Used Combination'; 'Self Defence'; 'Aunt Maud'; 'Late Again'; and 'Bon Voyage'.
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As the actors became more settled in their roles (Doris Hare in particular feeling immediately at home) this series far surpasses the first in hilarity with some really funny episodes, and thus really takes off and becomes well-established. This DVD set also has the original Ad. Bumpers still intact which were absent from most of the first set.
As with the first season; there are no DVD 'extras' or bonus material included on this release.
1) The reason Cinema Club never released any more volumes of 'On The Buses' or 'Please Sir!' (the other Granada title they licensed) for that matter was because their contract period with Granada Ventures expired and they decided not to renew it. Being part of the larger company Video Collection International (VCI) owned by Woolworths PLC, they joined the video/DVD branch of BBC Worldwide (the BBC's commercial subsidury) and formed '2 entertain' who now release BBC DVDs.
2)Network DVD are reknown for releasing classic television and have a reputation in clut cirlces for digitally remastering picture, leaving VT countdown clocks, station idents and endboards and add break bumpers intact, sourcing brilliant extras and generally producing a very good product. They signed a five year contract with Granada to release a number of series from their archives. (Granada now own London Weekend Television (LWT), Anglia, Yorkshire Television and a number of the other ITV companies)
3) I really would suggest that the previous reviewer dump their Cinema Club releases and purchase the Network sets for the reasons listed below
- Original LWT idents are intact. Not there on Cinema Club release
- All episodes have their VT countdown clocks intact. Not there on Cinema Club release.
- 'End of Part One/Part Two' add break bumpers are intact. Cinema Club clumsily merged the episodes into one, but left the remains of a music sting and applause, so it was obvious they were tampered with.
-Overall, the picture quality is sharper on this disc.
Sales of series 1 & 2 have been popular enough, for Network to announce a release of series 3 and 4 in May of 2006.
I hope this has helped to clear things up.
Back to On the Buses..As a child growing up I saw the movies only, but when i got the DVD's of the first 4 series i was impressed with it indeed